The boating industry has been popular in the United States for many decades. If well maintained, your boat can look good and last for years. One aspect of proper boating maintenance is regular boat detailing. Boats get filthy all the time from road debris, dirt from the beach, and old grime which builds up over time. A deep clean of the boat interior and exterior is critical to maintaining the value and appearance of your boat.
One excellent method of boat detailing is barnacle removal and buildup cleaning. Barnacle build up, also called “hammock” is usually a thick film of cemented organic matter which develops on the bowpipes, outboard motor, the transom, and the hull. This build up can be very tough to remove. It also adds significant weight to the boat, making large engine changes and repairs more expensive.
To protect the integrity of the hull and to keep it in top condition, most boat detailing company practice a method of interior and exterior cleaning known as “saltwater cleaning”. This technique involves cleaning with saltwater or seawater, removing excess dirt through pressure washing, then rinsing with clear water. Interior cleaning often involves prepping the surfaces for saltwater and painting the surfaces, followed by a thorough exterior detail. This method not only protects the integrity of the hull but also the interior of the cabin.
Frequently while on a boat detailing and cleaning detail, we are asked to detail the inside of the boat. Many boaters wonder what the right way is to detail the interior. After much debate, experts recommend that you use a high-pressure washer and water solution, using a foot patch method so you don’t damage the floor and use two passes of water.
There are many reasons that I feel the inside of a boat detailing is very tough to detail. First, the interior is full of small crevices and indentions that are difficult to clean without damaging the paint or wood. Secondly, the amount of uv rays in the cabin can make it very hard to safely and adequately clean the cabin with traditional boat wax. Thirdly, the material of the interior is often less resistant to abrasion than the deck, making waxing an ineffective method of boat detailing for these areas.
Most boaters know that regular maintenance is the key to keeping a boat in great shape. The same must be true for the owners of boats detailing and cleaning businesses. Regular maintenance helps prevent metal shavings, fiberglass build-up, and other forms of mildew from building up and impeding the flow of water through the vessel. This prevents corrosion, which increases the likelihood of damage and requires more work from the detailer. This means that regular maintenance and detail work are two things that the savvy boater will plan to perform regardless of whether they have a boat or not.